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Man steals backpack from student Univ. Police have few leads in Thursday night robbery near Leonardtown dorms BY KYLE GOON Staff writer
Police said they have few leads in their search for a man who took a female student’s backpack at 11 p.m. Thursday in an on-campus robbery. The victim was walking on a sidewalk in the area between Old and New Leonardtown near the basketball courts when a man approached her from behind,
wrapped his arms around her and took her string-strap backpack. University Police spokesman Paul Dillon said the victim was not seriously hurt and there was nothing of critical value in the backpack. Dillon said investigators are working on “very few solid leads” on the case. Because the victim was
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Terps officially heading to Boise for bowl Football team will face Nevada in Humanitarian Bowl on Dec. 30
No. 2-seed Terps thoroughly dominate Creighton to advance to final four
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tional championship season.
day, knocking off Creighton in a 1-
game’s only goal in the 24th
0 win that was more impressive
minute, but the Terps narrowly
than the score would indicate and
missed numerous other quality
sends the team to the College Cup
for the first time since the 2005 na-
shooting the Bluejays 17-5.
he Terrapin men’s soccer
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team won its program-
Sophomore midfielder Rodney
record 21st game Satur-
Wallace (pictured), scored the
Once the Terrapin football team was eliminated from ACC Championship contention, many players’ main hope was to play in a bowl game some place warm. Lucky for them, the forecasted high temperature for today in Boise, Idaho, at 40 degrees, is a full six degrees higher than College Park’s 34degree high, according to www.weather.com.
After a disappointing end to their regular season, the Terps (7-5, 4-4 ACC) accepted an invitation to play in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl, the eighth of nine ACC-affiliated bowls to select, on Dec. 30. They will play Nevada (7-5, 5-3 WAC) on the blue turf at Boise State’s Bronco Stadium. In a teleconference that also included Athletics Director Debbie Yow, coach Ralph Friedgen said the Terps are
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Congress to consider tuition legislation
Bill could give undocumented immigrant students access to aid programs, in-state rates [Editor’s note: A student who is also an undocumented immigrant and did not want her name printed is referred to in this story as Jennifer.] BY MARISSA LANG Staff writer
Jennifer, a sophomore gov-
ernment and politics major, is on her way to earning a college degree, but it will take more than good grades for her to stay in school. Jennifer is an undocumented immigrant and is ineligible for any federal financial aid. “Even when I was in high school, I got frustrated
because I knew that to go to college, I needed a loan or financial aid,” Jennifer said, choking back tears. “But I also know that my legal status would be a problem.” Jennifer, a Salvadorian immigrant, like many undocumented immigrants who dream of earning college
degrees despite hefty price tags, looks to her future with unsettling uncertainty. Though she was an honors student in high school and has hopes of becoming a lawyer, she will need many years of higher education to achieve
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Univ. looks to expand simpler science courses BY CHRIS ECKARD Staff writer
A series of special courses for non-science majors at the university have rapidly grown in popularity and may be expanded as soon as next fall. The “Marquee Courses in
Science and Technology,” which started last year, have exceeded expectations, according to Donna Hamilton, the dean for undergraduate studies who created and pushed for the program. Since its creation, Hamilton said, the program has fielded more than 1,000
students, including 539 this semester, a 48-percent increase from the spring. The six courses in the program take an interdisciplinary approach to science, making them easier and more engaging for those not inclined to study the sciences, students said.
“These classes are so much more applicable than the other non-lab classes that the university offers,” said Matt Miller, a sophomore history and criminology and criminal justice major. “The classes are not
Art professor Steven Jones along with his students, artists and 60 guests from four other schools worked to melt 10,000 lbs of iron yesterday. The iron is poured into molds created by individual artists and becomes his or her finished piece at the end of the process. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
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mugged from behind, she could not provide a clear suspect description. Police are reviewing security footage from cameras in the area. Dillon could not specify which direction the suspect fled from the scene. The incident is the 10th reported on-campus robbery
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Opponents: Reform would reward criminals ILLEGAL, from Page 1 her goal — an expensive endeavor she does not know if she can realistically afford to pursue. But, if new national immigration legislation passes in the U.S. Senate, the dreams of Jennifer and others like her might one day be financially feasible. In an interview with the Gannett News Service last month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said President-elect Barack Obama (D) and Sen. John McCain (RAriz.) had reached a consensus on how to move forward on a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The bill, which was modeled in part after the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act — a piece of proposed federal legislation that would have provided achieving undocumented high school students who arrived to the United States as young children the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency — would include provisions allowing undocumented students access to certain federal programs including student financial aid, clearing the path to permanent residency for immigrant students and making it easier for states to charge in-state tuition rates to some illegal immigrants. A version of the DREAM Act was defeated in the U.S. Senate in 2007 in a 52-44 vote. No updated version has made it to the Senate floor since. “When the Senate voted on whether to consider to proceed the DREAM Act, I voted in favor of this motion so that the Senate could debate the issue,” Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) said in a statement. “But the motion required the affirmative votes of 60 Senators for passage but ... the bill was effectively killed.” Similarly, despite a forceful display of support, including numerous protests and rallies on the campus earlier this year by the Latino Student Union, CASA de Maryland and other advocacy organizations, two bills which would provide instate tuition rates — about
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this year. Dillon said investigators have already closed six of those cases with arrests. There were nine robberies in all of 2007. Previous incidents in the area this year include a Sept. 6 robbery on Fraternity Row and a Sept. 25 robbery at a New Leonardtown apartment.
$10,000 less than out-of-state costs — to undocumented students seeking higher education were defeated in the Maryland General Assembly. “I understand that we have an immigration problem here in this county, there’s no denying that,” Prince George’s County Councilman Will Campos (D-District 2) said. “But students who were brought here illegally by their parents at a young age should not be penalized.” Opponents of the legislation, such as Maryland Coalition for Immigration Reform, argue the provision would reward criminals and place an unnecessary drain on public resources. Many feel that allowing the passage of the proposed legislation would, in turn, pose a threat to American citizens who could be shut out
of a college education by undocumented students. “With the illegals leaving Virginia en masse, they are coming to Montgomery County and to Prince George’s County, in fact, all of Maryland,” said Brad Botwin, director of Help Save Maryland, an organization described on its website as “dedicated to preserving Maryland’s counties, cities and towns from the negative effects of illegal aliens.” “Now they’re pushing for in-state tuition and all types of services ... we think that’s a problem.” But a heavily Democratic Congress appears more open to legislation that could open doors to student financial aid for undocumented immigrants. Pieces of the bill, which were taken from the DREAM Act, would also stipulate a passage for undocumented immigrants
to earn legal status, which Cardin says is long overdue. “Currently, our immigration laws prevent thousands of young people from pursuing their dreams and fully contributing to our nation’s future,” Cardin said. “It would give a select group of undocumented students the chance to become permanent residents if they came to this country as children, are long-term U.S. residents, have good moral character and enlist in the military or attend college for at least two years.” Jennifer said she has grown up in the United States and hopes to stay here, but without a college degree, her future seems uncertain. “What is next?” she asked. “Should I go to work in a restaurant? Or go back to my country, where I don’t see a
future? All I want is for the politicians to support a bill that will help me get through college.” Cardin said that enabling undocumented students to go to school is not only a step toward improving individual lives, but also a step toward bettering the country as a whole. “The children eligible for benefits under the [legislation] have demonstrated the kind of determination and commitment that makes them successful students and points the way to the significant contributions they will make in their lives,” Cardin said. “Their parents brought them to the United States when they were young children, and for many, America is the only home they know.” email@example.com
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Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) appointed former Harford County state lawmaker Donald C. Fry to a panel that will hand out slots licenses, after the University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan and the presidents of both the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County rejected the position, The (Baltimore) Sun reported Friday. The article said the system’s Board of Regents informally advised Kirwan and University of Baltimore President Robert L. Bogomolny against accepting the possibly controversial job, which is unpaid and requires long hours. Bogomolny, Kirwan and Board of Regents Chairman Cliff Kendall declined to comment. The regents unanimously approved the slots initiative before the referendum. The job’s duties include choosing the companies to install slots at the five locations across the state. Fry has led the Greater Baltimore Committee — a board that
advocates for expanding gambling to economically benefit the Baltimore region — since 2002. One of the committee’s members, The Cordish Cos., will likely apply for one or more slots licenses. Slots could lead to $450 million in revenue for casino operators and yield $1.36 billion in total state-wide revenue after player’s winnings are deducted. About 48 percent of this total slots revenue after the deduction of player winnings will fund education in the state, although the breakdown for K-12 and higher education has yet to be determined. Fry told the Sun that he expects the panel’s dealings will be highly scrutinized. O’Malley, state House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch (D) and state Senate President Mike Miller (D) will each soon appoint two more members to the commission. According to the laws governing the committee, members must not have a financial connection to gambling, horseracing or slots interests or an official relationship to a slots license bidder. email@example.com
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Courses blend social issues with science MARQUEE, from Page 1 necessarily easier, but are easier to pay attention to.” Miller and Emily Blumberh, a sophomore business major, have worked together this semester in ASOC200: Weather and Climate. Both agreed the Marquee courses offer much better alternatives for those not science-gifted. “Now, when I walk outside, I know not just what the weather is, but why the weather is how it is,” Blumberh said. The discussion classes are very group-dependent and open, she added. Hamilton, who is also an associate provost and an English professor, said she does not plan to stop with the six courses the university currently offers. She has created a request to invite the university’s science and engineering colleges to submit one to five new proposals for Marquee courses. These new courses could be offered as soon as the fall semester of 2009. “We want to grow it, and we think it is a wonderful project,” Hamilton said. “We also want to recognize the faculty since they have done something innovative.” The Marquee course faculty has been giving presentations on the project in conferences across the country, most recently at the Reinvention Center Conference in Washington last month. Hamilton noted many other colleges have been “awed” by the inception of the program and said she could not believe how it united
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the behavioral and social sciences with physical and life sciences. “Marquee courses often have a social aspect,” aid Steve Rolston, professor of PHYS105: Physics for Decision Makers: The Global Energy Crisis. “We expect students to gain a social awareness and see where science fits in,” These courses include pressing topics such as “Making a Habitable Planet” and “Engineering Issues in Medicine.” “The idea was to get courses where the relevance of science to some of the big social, economic and political issues would be breached,” Hamilton said. The course also allows students to view science in a different way. “You learn how to view science in so much detail on an everyday basis, rather than a textbook style,” said Kristen Miller, a graduate teacher assistant for the biogenesis class. Miller said she believed that, because the class is relatively new, there are some tweaks to be worked out, but, overall, the experience has been valuable. Hamilton believes the Marquee program is an important one as the university moves to replace CORE with a new general education program. One of the administration’s goals for a new program is to make the new courses engaging, rather than boxes to be checked on a student’s transcript, a quality Hamilton believes the Marquee courses have. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Univ. crime rates continue to stay low Housing developer Year-to-date number indicate little change from last year’s 10-year lows BY KYLE GOON Staff writer
Despite a robbery last Thursday night, this year’s crime data indicates 2008 may be another year of below-average incidents of crime at the university. So far this year, crime statistics show little change in violent crime and significant drops in thefts, arson and hate crimes, though burglaries have experienced a sharp rise from last year. Overall, the numbers could end up fairly similar to last year, when campus crime reached 10-year-lows in several crime categories. University Police spokesman Paul Dillon said the past two years — with lower-than-average crime numbers — have the department hopeful lower crime
rates are becoming a trend. “We would like to think we’re having an effect on the recent reductions, and we’re very proud of it,” Dillon said. “Hopefully we’ll continue to keep the numbers down.” Violent crime numbers are similar to those of last year through the month of November. There were the same number of incidents overall, 18, and the same number of robberies, nine, through November, although Thursday’s robbery brought this year’s total to 10. Aside from one reported rape and one fewer case of aggravated assault so far this year, the violent crime statistics in 2008 look identical to 2007 statistics through the same date. In terms of property crime, thefts — the most common crime at the univer-
sity — this year have dropped from 439 last year to 334 this year to date. This is the second consecutive year the number of thefts has fallen. The 513 cases of nonviolent crime so far this year are on pace to dip below last year’s 10-year-low of 574 non-violent crimes. Arson incidents are also down, from six cases in 2007 to one case in 2008. Hate crimes and bias incidents are down from 17 occurrences last year through November to eight this year, the first time the number of incidents has been held to single digits in at least the last 12 years. Burglary is the only crime experiencing a notable rise in occurrences this year. There have been 137 burglaries so far this year, compared to the 89 incidents in
all of 2007. Burglaries in 2008 are above the six-year average. Through November, there have been 41 motor vehicle thefts, matching the 41 incidents last year through the same date. Dillon said the lower incidence of property crime may be somewhat influenced by police awareness measures, but also may show the university community is being more responsible with its valuables. “We hope our education programs are getting people to act a little differently,” Dillon said. “But it’s really up to the people in the community to change that. Maybe people are taking care of their property better.” email@example.com
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With ground already broken for its upcoming graduate student housing complex, Terwilliger, Davis & Leadbetter are asking the College Park city council for changes to their agreement so they can obtain permits in time to open for the fall 2010 semester. Developer Bruce Terwilliger said they started clearing their lot and building a retaining wall last month but still need a permit to start erecting the building. The long-delayed the long-delayed Mazza apartment complex will offer 630 beds in about 230 units, targeted at graduate students and be located on Route 1 behind Kitt’s Music, Terwilliger said. He estimated they need to start construction by the middle of January to be finished by August 2010. As part of their original agreement with the city, Mazza’s developers are responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of improvements to two intersections along Route 1. The developers are not asking the council to let them
back out of the intersection improvements agreement — adding an extra lane on Greenbelt Road and extending Hollywood Road to the west side of Route 1 to go into the Mazza property. Rather, the developer wants to pay for them by reimbursing the city for making the changes itself, they said, to use the financing that they “miraculously” secured toward the building itself. The council had previously rejected such an arrangement, fearing the city could get stuck with the bill, but Mayor Stephen Brayman said he hoped the city and developers could settle their differences. The council will vote on the proposed changes to the development agreement tomorrow. Terwilliger said rents have not been set but expects them to be similar to those at the University View. Mazza is farther from campus than most student housing, however, lying north of University Boulevard. Terwilliger said it will be serviced by Shuttle-UM and the Paint Branch bicycle trail. firstname.lastname@example.org
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A different dining direction T
he very term “focus date” is about as self-contradicting as you vices not only because of their substance, but because of how they’re can get when it comes to naming campus programs. They don’t being implemented. All of the above-mentioned proposals are direct responses to student focus anything. They just steal your money or force you to buy comments and have been developed in conjunction with students. On cereal by the box. So the news Friday that Dining Services will move toward ending the focus dates, Wright-Riva worked with the Residence Hall Association. On 19-year-old program is certainly cause for celebration. This progress can the plastic foam initiative, she worked with a Student Government Association vice president. But she’s also tapped networks be attributed to the leadership of Colleen Wright-Riva, who outside the mainstream circles of student leadership, was appointed director of Dining Services just a year ago setting up a dining sustainability workgroup and meetbut has already made significant strides. Wright-Riva has also laid out a path to end the use of plastic foam in the Making focus dates optional ing frequently with a student group on health food options. dining halls, and has said she would rethink the overly is one of several positive Joanna Calabrese, the student who worked with complicated All-Campus dining plan. Wright-Riva has Dining Services changes. Wright-Riva on the plastic foam issue, said she couldalso shown openness to the idea of an all-you-can eat, bufn’t even get the previous Dining Services director to fet-style diner. Granted, two of these proposals are still nothing more than promises. meet with her. Within a month of Wright-Riva’s tenure, Calabrese said And while it’s great that focus dates are on their way out, students will she was sitting in her office. At a university the size of ours, that a stuhave to actively opt out of the program next semester — as if most stu- dent with a problem can request a change and work to see it impledents prefer having money vanish from their account at regularly-sched- mented is impressive. It enables the university to better serve students, uled intervals. But we appreciate the changes being made in Dining Ser- and makes the university itself better.
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Stress: A trick or two to get you through
ne week. One week to finally open up that textbook you shoved under your bed and “forgot” about. One week to acknowledge the fact that you are in college not to make friends and network but rather to try to possibly get that whole education-degree thing done in about four years. One week to consider using that dining table in your suite as study space and not a beer pong platform. Exam week is probably the most stressful week of the semester. From last-minute assignments to comforting your pre-med peer suffering from constant nervous breakdowns, that December week can really do some damage. But before you pop open that Red Bull and drown yourself in caffeine and latenight pizza, here are some tips to better manage your end-of-semester stress. When you’ve got four exams on one day, who has time to eat? Not studious, school-focused you. So when you finally
YITBAREK decide to pay attention to those stomach growls, it’s 1 a.m. and the only available option is pizza. The problem with this situation isn’t just the pizza, it’s your eating schedule. Leaving long gaps between meals means allowing for large slumps in your sugar level and then, once you eat, a high spike in your blood sugar levels. And we’re all familiar with the spikecrash effect. After stuffing yourself with the large amount of processed sugar your snacks are likely to contain, you’ll soon find yourself crashing, leaving you energy-depleted and struggling to focus. Instead, try to pre-plan your meals for
your study night or have food present at all times, so that you are able to have a few small food breaks throughout the night. This will help you keep your sugar level constant while making time for much-needed study breaks. Instead of shelling out a small fortune to Starbucks to get your caffeine fix, why not try sipping on tea? While tea may not have the same amount of caffeine that coffee does, it does have more than most sodas. Tea also has the added bonus of being a good stress-reliever. In a British study researching the effects of black tea in stressful everyday situations, tea was found to help lower cortisol levels, a stress-inducing hormone, helping you quickly recover from the effects of stressful situations. And if you need that extra energy boost, find a tea that contains ginseng, a root known for increasing alertness and reducing anxiety. If you can’t get a hand on some black tea in time, get a hand on yourself. While
at one point masturbation was thought to be the cause of mental illness, you will be pleased to find out that it is an acknowledged way to reduce your stress. Masturbating, much like exercise, increases blood flow and circulation, making it good for both your brain and your heart. Orgasms release oxytocin and other endorphins that help you relax. So if you can’t find a partner, take a bathroom break and serve yourself a handful of stress-reliever. But the important thing to remember is that in just two weeks, it will all be over. Papers will be graded and final grades will be submitted. But while your friends are busy pulling their hair out over exams, try these tips and you will be full, quenched and less sexually frustrated. What more could you ask for? Saron Yitbarek is a sophomore psychology major. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Course evaluations: A legacy of student power
ourseEvalUM, the online course evaluation system, is now open and waiting for your feedback on classes and instructors. You should take a few minutes — and it only takes a few — to complete these evaluations. Course evaluations give students significant influence, and that power should not be taken lightly. Widespread adoption of course evaluations occurred as part of a series of educational reforms during the 1960s and ’70s. Before then, universities operated under the doctrine known as in loco parentis, which literally translates to “in place of a parent.” Universities imposed rules using the irrefutable “because I said so” logic parents employ to structure the lives of unruly children. Students were powerless to question university policies, and student opinions were considered irrelevant to the function of educational institutions. In the early 1960s, students and some reform-minded professors and administrators realized that college students were adults who had rights that institu-
tions needed to respect. Curfews, dress codes and restrictions on speech and expression were challenged, first on campuses and later in courts. Confidentiality of student transcripts, even from their own parents, was also a right that had to be secured. The university you know today exists because activist students struggled against restrictive and paternalistic policies a generation ago. By rejecting the logic of in loco parentis, students demanded and received an increased voice in the development of school policy. Today, when a departmental or university-wide committee is formed, there is almost always at least one student member, if not several. You may not have noticed, but the provost, academic deans and departmental chairs go out of their way to solicit student input and feedback. Course evaluations are one way the university seeks your opinion. Faculty and administrators take these evaluations very seriously. I taught a 300-level history class last winter term, and I was grateful for the comments and criticism
SULLIVAN of my performance that the students provided. Believe it or not, professors and instructors are curious about how our efforts are being received, and we use evaluations to try and do better. Departments also use course evaluations when considering whether to grant tenure to a professor. Your feedback is part of what determines whether a professor will achieve career advancement. I have sat on committees in the history department, and I can tell you that course evaluations are carefully considered in tenure cases, even at a research-focused institution like this one. A few negative evaluations won’t block a professor from getting promoted, but a pattern of negative feedback
from students is taken very seriously by departments, colleges and the provost’s office. Course evaluations used to be paper sheets handed out during the last week of classes. Students requested that the system be moved online, and the university responded. Unfortunately, the switch to online evaluations has resulted in a decrease in participation. It is important that you make the minimal effort to log into the system and evaluate your instructors and the courses they teach. The students who came before you fought for the right of students to evaluate their instructors. You should take this power seriously and make your voice heard, for your own sake, and for the sake of the students that will follow you. Course evaluations are a concrete and direct way that your opinions help to shape the academic culture of this university. Jeremy Sullivan is a doctoral candidate studying American history. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A different PATH STEPHEN CRANE It is surprising that at a university that claims to pride itself on its research and academic rigor, many students still cannot properly research an issue and instead jump to unfounded conclusions. Matt Dernoga demonstrated just such a quality in his Dec. 2 opinion piece, “Power line construction: An indecent proposal.” Dernoga makes many unfounded claims that I address with the actual facts behind them. I cite sources, so pay attention as I aim to demonstrate my academic rigor. The first alleged “fact” Dernoga presented was that the power lines would be running from coal plants. It is true that initially coal would be used for the electricity, but that is because coal is what exists, and we need to use it until renewable energy is put in place. These power transmission lines will be used for renewable energy when the time comes. In fact, the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline website in the FAQ section, item 21 states that PATH will “reduce carbon dioxide consumption by an estimated 280,000 tons per year,” the equivalent of 55,000 cars removed from the road for one year (www.pathtransmission.com). Further, the website states, “In its LongTerm Reliability Assessment, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) stated that new transmission lines are needed to deliver renewable power from remotely located wind and solar generation projects into population centers. New transmission is also vital to connect proposed nuclear power plants” (confirmed from the report at www.nerc.com/files/ltra2008.pdf). One major problem for Maryland in its quest for renewable energy is that the state is by no means a good place to build wind turbines for power due to urbanization and weather patterns (American Wind Energy Association, www.awea.org). Renewable energy must be sent into the state from as far away as North Dakota and Texas, and because of the already over-taxed state of the power grid in Maryland, new transmission lines must be constructed in order to bring reliable energy to the state. The main problem now has less to do with whether we will use coal or renewable energy, and more to do with whether Maryland will be left in the dark when the grid fails. Another concern was about the communities the transmission lines will be running through. The route for the lines will have a lot to do with public forums that were held in the communities that will be affected. The list of forums and regulatory meetings (including their places and times) can be found in the “Regulatory & Public Meetings” section listed right at the top of PATH’s website. As for the “fourth dimension” Dernoga so aptly noted in his opinion piece, NERC stated “the bulk power systems in the ReliabilityFirst (RFC) region are expected to perform well in meeting the forecast demand obligations. ... As long as operating limits are respected, established procedures are followed, and proposed projects are completed in a timely manner” (www.nerc.com/files/ltra2008.pdf). The listed projects are Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line, Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway and, finally, PATH. What Dernoga coyly nicknamed the “lights out” plan is actually a necessary part of the general plans for Maryland and other East Coast states to make sure the lights do not go out. Maryland has a great need for an infrastructure change to its power grids, as well as an even greater need to import power if the state to begin using renewable energy anytime soon. The general consensus of the regulating bodies is that these high-efficiency lines need to go through to make sure that Maryland does not get left in the dark. If coal-powered energy needs to be transported in before there are enough resources to provide reliable renewable energy, then so be it. Stephen Crane is a junior English major. He can be reached at email@example.com
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ster; rather, you were best to guide them carefully along a more sensible path. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Physical coordination and stamina will be required, and you must be willing to focus entirely on the completion of a single task. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Study the effects of your own interaction with others. You have a great deal to learn about how such dynamics affect your progress. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — You may have to surrender to someone in order to end a private conflict — but you can do so without making too much of a sacrifice. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — A combination of time and physical resources must be right for you to take full advantage of a door that has just been opened for you.
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Greatest movies of all time? It’s debatable, but The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II could each make case to the claim. Francis Ford Coppola’s mob opus screens at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring this week and next, with multiple showings of the two until next Thursday. AFI will screen each in fully restored 35mm prints. If you haven’t seen either, there’s never been a better chance. For screening times, visit www.afi.com/silver.
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather.
PREVIEW | 500 CLOWN AND THE ELEPHANT DEAL
500 Clown, members of which are above, will premiere its 500 Clown and the Elephant Deal at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center this week.
THEATER CLOWNS BY DORIS NHAN Staff writer
When 500 Clown debuted in Chicago in 2000 with its own version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the founding members never foresaw its success. Eight years later, the improvisational clown theater group will premiere 500 Clown and the Elephant Deal on Thursday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center — the group’s fourth show, furthering its unique history of combining clown artistry with theatrical foundations. “After eight years of doing this together, we’ve really deepened how we work together, what our vocabulary is and what our interests are,” said Leslie Buxbaum Danzig, the director for 500 Clown. Based on A Man’s a Man by German playwright Bertolt Brecht, Elephant Deal evolved after 500 Clown began to explore and experiment with Brechtian theater — a form of theater that involves the audience in its production and encourages audience members to actively think and critique. “It’s a commitment to a fictional world on stage as well as the very live and real circumstances of the room that the performance happens in — inclusive of the audience and anything that happens that night in the actual room of the theater,” Danzig said. 500 Clown’s productions fuse a foundation of clown and circus
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CHRISTIANS DEMAND JACK BLACK TO APOLOGIZE Last week, Funnyordie.com posted Prop 8 — The Musical, an all-star video decrying the California anti-gay marriage legislation. In it, John C. Reilly, Neil Patrick Harris and Maya Rudolph put on a musical explaining the ruling and why it’s misguided. Jack Black portrays Jesus, who reminds the anti-gay faction that its reading of the Bible is selective, and they shouldn’t use it to support Prop 8. Well, the Christian AntiDefamation Commission was none too pleased, and a member offered this response: “Appearing as a sarcastic, rotund Christ, Black distorts the Bible and condones shameful, homosexual acts. Associating Christ with perverse activity is an affront to all people of faith, especially Christians. Apparently Black and company find it hilarious to falsely accuse Christians while they intentionally distort the Bible. Black ought to apologize.” Looks like someone needs to apologize to homosexuals before Black makes any moves.
acts with improvisation, physical theater and classic theatrical elements. Though there are no easily recognizable or obvious clowns in the production, clowning concepts are used throughout Elephant Deal. Instead, Elephant Deal explores the power of storytelling and one’s identity using a blend of music, comedy, improvisation and physical action. “What can start as fiction can have real consequences,” Danzig said. “You can start with something that innocently seems like a made-up story, and that story can gain momentum and cross a border into some real truth and actual consequences.” The production also features four current and former university students who were cast in the show last spring. The students were actively involved and brought in a “positive energy” that helped shape the production, Danzig said. Amanda Elkins, a university alumna and a performer, said the experience was extremely different from other theater productions she has been involved with. “[With this production], you get to help sort of create and be involved in the process,” Elkins said. “It’s been very different to create a piece rather than come into a piece that already has a script.” Though Danzig already had a predetermined role for each of the new performers, the students had an opportunity to help shape the characters and make them more like their own selves, Elkins added.
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Improv, theater and clowns collide with 500 Clown With every production, 500 Clown has specific open rehearsals to which the general public is invited to watch and give feedback about the plays. Because of this, Danzig said, Elephant Deal and other productions are ever-changing, adding that the production would most likely adjust after its run at the university, using feedback from audience members. 500 Clown’s relationship with the university began in 2006 when the group performed 500 Clown Macbeth at CSPAC. The group was invited back for an extended residency at CSPAC, which has now helped commission Elephant Deal. The decision to include other performers stemmed from the possibility of involving students — mimicking a class of sorts — to explore performance through experience. For Elkins, her experience with 500 Clown was extremely “enlightening and inspiring.” “I think the show is a lot about the relationships we build and how we define ourselves and what we use to define ourselves,” she said. “If we had the chance to change who we are, could we do it?” 500 Clown will perform 500 Clown and the Elephant Deal at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in the Kogod Theatre Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and $35 for the general public. email@example.com
INTERVIEW | THE CONSTANTINES
Canadian band comes to town The Constantines brings its post-punk styles to Baltimore’s Ottobar BY REESE HIGGINS Staff writer
The first time the Constantines visited Washington to perform, two of the Canadian band’s members were mugged. The last time the band was in Baltimore, they performed to about 30 people at a venue with a much higher capacity. “[Bassist Dallas Wehrle] and I got mugged by the same guy at two separate times,” guitarist and lead singer Bryan Webb said. “He mugged me and then went around the corner and mugged Dallas. A light mugging. There wasn’t really any violence involved. But violence was threatening. It was a strange first time to go through Washington. “We’ve played in Baltimore once before,” he said. “At this huge crazy place by the water. It would have been cool if it had been filled, but we weren’t the band [the venue] thought we were. I think Steve Vai was playing there the next night. It was pretty different. I think that the staff outnumbered the audience at that place.” But things are looking up, as the Constantines return to Baltimore tomorrow night for an appearance at the Ottobar. The band, which sounds like Bruce Springsteen playing ’90s alternative rock, is touring in support of its latest record, Kensington Heights, released in April. “I’m glad to be going back to Baltimore,” he said. “I like Baltimore. Big John Waters fan.” Kensington Heights is the five piece band’s fourth album but marks the approach of the band’s 10th year of existence. “It feels like once you hit 10 years, you might as well do 40,” Webb said. “This year will be our 10th year. I think we’ve worked through most of the bullshit that comes out of just traveling in small groups. We’ve kinda gotten over the little bouts or whatever happens. “We’re really just a family business now,” he continued. “It’s like five brothers running a family business, and we get along peaceably and enjoy each other’s company and enjoy playing music, so we’ll keep going for a while.” The group has kept its environment closeknit by playing hard for its fans and doing its best to keep things intimate. “I don’t think there should ever be any plateau or any pedestal that musicians get to stand on for the people that go to see musicians play together,” Webb said. “That doesn’t make any sense, really. We played a couple
The Constantines has cultivated a steady fanbase through years of touring.
tours with bigger [acts, like the] Foo Fighters [and] The Tragically Hip.” “I don’t like that style of performance, or that kind of venue,” Webb said about arena shows. “The money would be nice, I guess. The 20-foot gap between the stage and the front row … I don’t like that kind of elevated bullshit.” While the Constantines won’t be headlining Madison Square Garden anytime soon, the group is known for being a great live act. “[We’ve earned our fans] just by putting on good shows, I think,” Webb said. “Playing live and playing well. Not technically well, but in an engaging way, maybe. Something resembling entertainment.” The band has only just perfected the art of
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touring, however. “We’ve kind of figured out how to tour in a healthier way,” Webb said. In the past “we just kind of burned ourselves out a bit. We’ve always had trouble turning down shows. I mean, if anybody wants to offer us a show, it’s kind of hard for us to turn it down. We’ve ended up doing more than we can handle. We’ve kind of figured out what our limits are now. Just knowing our limits has helped us be healthier. And just touring with friends has been good.” The Constantines will play at the Ottobar on Tuesday. Doors are at 8 p.m.; tickets cost $12. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Terps dominated every phase of the game CUP, from Page 10 Although they couldn’t convert, the Terps had plenty of chances before and after Wallace’s strike. Defender Omar Gonzalez almost scored the team’s second goal off of a free kick with fewer than 13 minutes remaining in the game. But his header bounced off the underside of the crossbar and was eventually cleared. Midfielder Graham Zusi almost put the game away even earlier on a 73rd-minute run with a nifty fake past two defenders, but his shot sailed high. Zusi said he wasn’t sure beforehand if he expected the Terps to dominate Creighton, a team with a 15-game unbeaten streak that had allowed only nine goals this year, as thoroughly as they did Saturday. “We knew that Creighton was a great team,” Zusi said. “They had a really good season, so we knew it was going to be a battle. But that’s just the way it panned out. We were fortunate to have the flow of the play.” According to Creighton coach Bob Warming, the Terps’ success had more to do with talent than luck. “This was probably the most we’ve been outplayed in the last decade or longer,” Warming said. “All credit to Maryland. We had no time on the ball, no time whatsoever. That’s the best organized, most athletic team we’ve played maybe in the whole time I’ve coached at Creighton — and they’re really peaking right now.” The Terps’ defense was again stellar after a shaky second half performance last week against California. Goalkeeper Zac MacMath made two saves and was rarely tested. Despite having the halftime lead, Cirovski implored his team to keep up its aggressive play. They did just that, pounding Holt with longrange shots, free kicks, corner kicks and long services into the box throughout the final half. “We didn’t say we wanted to protect the lead; we wanted to
Midfielder Drew Yates and the Terps controlled possession for most of the game against Creighton. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
“That’s the best organized, most athletic team we’ve played maybe in the whole time I’ve coached at Creighton.” BOB WARMING CREIGHTON MEN’S SOCCER COACH
win the second half,” Cirovski said. “The culture of our team is to be very aggressive, to be high-pressure, high tempo and attacking. It’s what the players like to do.” After his postgame celebrations, which included separate jubilatory huddles with his players and the student fans who make up “The Crew,” Cirovski spoke at length about the place in program history he felt this year’s team reached with their schoolrecord 21st victory. “This is one of the greatest seasons in the history of
Maryland soccer,” Cirovski said. “This group has not received its due respect, I believe, for what they’ve accomplished. No program in the last four years has lost some players to the pro ranks like we have. And a lot of people questioned whether we could recover so quickly, and I think our players took that challenge to heart and have shown that we have incredible quality in our team.” On Saturday’s big stage, playing a Creighton team that could have offered them one of their biggest challenges of the season, the Terps showed that to the fullest. Going into Friday’s semifinal matchup against St. John’s, Cirovski’s team has a 14-game winning streak, the nation’s longest. “I feel like this team has gained momentum,” Cirovski said. “We played very well and created lots of chances. There was total commitment by every player on the field on every play. That makes the coach very proud.” email@example.com
Midfielder Jeremy Hall and the Terps only managed one goal against Creighton, a header from defender Rodney Wallace off of a corner kick. But they so thoroughly dominated play that Bluejay coach Bob Warming could not recall being more outplayed in his tenure at Creighton. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
Gregory earning an increased role GW, from Page 10 basketball team last night at an event where so much has gone wrong in the past. The Terps (6-2) snapped a fourgame BB&T Classic losing streak with a domineering 76-53 victory over the Colonials (3-2). Forward Landon Milbourne scored a game-high 20 points, and Bowie and Vasquez added 17 each in front of a listless, half-full Verizon Center crowd. “This is a very unselfish team right now,” coach Gary Williams said. “I think we’re doing a pretty good job of looking for each other.” Eric Hayes came into Sunday shooting 2-14 on 3-point attempts in his last three games, but after he noticed some incorrect footwork on game tapes, he bounced back in a big way. Hayes burned the Colonials in the first five minutes, knocking down 3pointers on three straight possessions as part of an 110 run that gave the Terps a nine-point advantage. “I want to be able to knock down shots for our team — that’s something the guys look at me to do,” said Hayes, who finished with 13 points. “So it was definitely important for me to knock down shots, especially in the BB&T, because we haven’t won here in a while.” Bowie said that Hayes’ hot hand opened up the floor for his teammates, and throughout the first half, the Terps continued to build on their lead with even more strong shooting (7-12 on 3-pointers). With the shot clock and first-half game clock nearing zero, Milbourne found Bowie for a last-second 3-pointer, giving the Terps a 19-point advantage heading into the break. Milbourne, who struggled at his new power forward position during the first few games of the season, was a force in the second half, flying around the court for 13 points and five rebounds against Colonial big men
who could not keep up with his speed. While Milbourne, Vasquez, Bowie and Hayes combined for 67 of the Terps’ 76 points, the role players helped carry the team in other departments. The Terps overcame an early double-digit rebounding disadvantage to control the boards by game’s end, thanks in large part to reserve forward Dino Gregory’s energetic ninerebound night. “Sometimes, all it takes is one guy going after it, and you’re playing and you think, ‘Well, he’s playing ... really hard, so I better get myself on the glass also,’” Williams said. “I think that’s what happened. Dino [Gregory] created an atmosphere where other guys felt they should get in there and give him some help.” Gregory played 27 minutes Sunday and has moved ahead of former starter Braxton Dupree on the depth chart. Dupree only played the final, insignificant minute in the win, and senior forward Dave Neal started in his place for the second straight contest. “It’s not Little League; everybody doesn’t get an inning — you have to prove yourself,” Williams said of Dupree’s de facto absence from the court. “I fully expect Braxton to be an important part of this team, but ... you’ve got to fight for your minutes.” Williams’ more athletic lineups thrived defensively, as the Terps held the Colonials to 30.8 percent shooting from the field. The Terps do not play again until Friday, an 8 p.m. contest at Comcast Center against Delaware State. It will be their last game before finals and one of six games they will play against mid-major teams before the ACC schedule begins. Maryland’s victory against George Washington is their first since 2002. The Terps had lost the last two meet-
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Guard Eric Hayes sparked the Terps with three straight 3-pointers, creating his own 9-0 run last night. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK
ings in 2004 and 2005. They also had lost six of the last seven BB&T games before Sunday. At last, the Terps were able to enjoy a pleasant victory ride home from Verizon Center after so much disappointment in Washington in recent years. “Tonight was a team win,” said Vasquez, who had his
second straight double-double in collecting a game-high 11 rebounds. “We didn’t win [the BB&T] my freshman year. We didn’t win my sophomore year. Finally, we got it. We played pretty tough. I like this team better than any team that I have been involved [with].” firstname.lastname@example.org
which opened things up for everybody else — and set the tone for the Terps’ lopsided win. “We were kind of struggling to start the half, and I just wanted to give us a spark,” Hayes said. “I was able to knock a few shots down early, and it got us a lead to start. And we never really looked back from that.” After Hayes made those first three shots, he shot 0for-4 from beyond the arc for the rest of the game. But that’s not necessarily relevant in a game in which the Terps stifled a Colonial team that has drastically fallen from the top-10 status it enjoyed just a few years ago. Hayes needs stretches like the one he put together early in the game Sunday to keep his confidence high and keep him shooting. When knocking down shots, Hayes forces opponents to respect the Terps’ ability to shoot the 3; he takes some of the defensive pressure off the Terps’ other scorers; and he becomes a potent offensive weapon himself. Hayes came into Sunday’s game shooting just 28.6 percent from 3-point range — down from the 39.2 percent he shot last season — and he shot just 1-for-7 from three in the Terps’ previous game against Michigan. But he needs to continue to shoot his way out of the slump to help both himself and the other shooters around him. “It just changes things when we have another outside presence, [and] Eric is a proven outside threat,” coach Gary Williams said. “All shooters don’t make them all, and I fully expected Eric, if he had the shots, to come out firing, and he did.” It’s no secret the Terps are going to rely on their guards for the bulk of their scoring this season.
“I was able to knock a few shots down early, and it got us a lead to start. And we never really looked back from that.” ERIC HAYES JUNIOR GUARD
The Terps’ lack of a consistent inside-scoring threat has been well documented, and the Terps offense is only as good as its backcourt plays in any given game. Guards Hayes, Greivis Vasquez and Adrian Bowie and swingman Landon Milbourne combined for 67 of the Terps’ 76 points Sunday night, and Hayes’ hot start got it going. “He helps everybody,” Vasquez said. “People always look for me to score, but they forget about a guy like Eric Hayes, that can shoot.” When the Terps are not shooting well from the outside, their offense stagnates, and they fall into phases where they awkwardly pass the ball around the outside of the key until somebody decides to make a move. One player’s hot hand can get the rest of the guards going, simultaneously boosting the group’s confidence while taking both the literal and figurative pressure off the other guys. Hayes, the closest thing to a pure shooter the Terps have on their roster, should be the guy who gets it going most often. “He’s a great shooter,” Bowie said. “If Eric’s knocking down shots, it’s going to be easier for me to get to the basket.” It will also make it easier for the Terps to win. email@example.com
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Friedgen must replace two coordinators Defensive coordinator Cosh, special teams coach Pearman leave Terps BY ERIC DETWEILER Senior staff writer
As the Terrapin football team prepares for the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl on Dec. 30, it will try to overcome the loss of two members of its coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Chris Cosh was named assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State on Saturday. First-year tight ends and special teams coordinator Danny Pearman is expected to be named to Dabo Swinney’s staff at Clemson in the near future. Neither will be on the sidelines when the Terps play Nevada in Boise, Idaho. Coach Ralph Friedgen could hire a new coach or promote from within the current staff to replace Cosh and Pearman. But during a teleconference last night, Friedgen said he’s still unsure of his next move. The Terp coach said there have been “a lot of inquiries” about the spe-
cial teams position, and he will gauge interest in both positions in the upcoming days. “I don’t want to rush into anything,” said Friedgen, who will be coaching in his sixth bowl game in eight years with the Terps. “It’s more important I get the right guy. If I don’t think I can, I won’t.” The Terp coaching staff will meet today after spending the weekend apart recruiting. Friedgen said eighth-year outside linebackers coach Al Seamonson will probably handle Cosh’s duties if a new coach is not hired. He added that it’s unlikely a new coordinator could make meaningful changes in time for the bowl. Despite the problems the Terps will face in the interim replacing the coaches, Friedgen said both moves make sense. Cosh, who has been maligned in his three seasons with the Terps for the defense’s inconsistent play, will be reunited with Wildcat head coach Bill
Snyder, for whom he served as linebackers coach in 2004 and 2005. The 69-year old Snyder, who is the school’s all-time wins leader, was re-named Kansas State’s head coach last month after retiring three seasons ago. Friedgen called Pearman’s move a good decision both professionally and personally. It allows Pearman, who led one of the ACC’s stronger special teams units this season, to return to his alma mater and be closer to his family, who did not move to this area. Cosh and Pearman were unavailable for comment. For now, the Terps, who go back to the practice field today after having last week off, will be left to fill in the gaps as they go. “I was an assistant long enough that I know these things happen,” Friedgen said. “We’ve just got to adjust to it.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Yow doesn’t expect big following BOWL, from Page 1 excited to see a new part of the country and play in a bowl that has received positive reviews recently from ACC participants. The Terps, who will make their first appearance in the 12th annual game, don’t have room to complain about missing out on a more desirable designation, according to Friedgen. “Losing our last two games, we’re lucky to be going to a bowl,” the eighth-year coach said. Making the Humanitarian Bowl, which matches up the ACC and the WAC, seemed likely for the Terps after 10 teams finished their ACC schedules bowl-eligible with at least four conference wins. When Virginia Tech won the ACC Championship against Boston College on Saturday and the Champs Sports Bowl picked Florida State instead of North Carolina, the Terps’ ticket to Boise was
punched. The sequence kept a matchup with West Virginia from happening in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., as the bowl took the Tar Heels instead. “They’ve had some big wins, and we’re excited to have them this year,” said Kevin McDonald, the Humanitarian Bowl’s executive director. “I’ve met coach Friedgen, and we’re excited for him and his staff about coming to Boise and playing on the blue turf.” While Yow doesn’t expect too many of the Terp faithful to follow the team to Boise, given the economic conditions and the fewer flights there in comparison to other destinations, she said people shouldn’t write off the city. Terp fans may remember when the men’s basketball team played its opening rounds of the 2001 NCAA tournament in Boise. “Our fans that went with us out there will probably try to get out to the bowl,” Yow said. “They loved
it.” Fans who do make the trip will see the Terps face a Nevada team that played No. 8 Texas Tech tough and lost by a touchdown to No. 9 Boise State. It will be the first-ever meeting between two teams. But with more than three weeks to prepare, Friedgen had not even watched tape of the Wolfpack as of last night. He was more focused on the prospect of his team picking up its eighth win of the season and the overall bowl experience. “I think every year, [other ACC coaches] say the hospitality out in Boise is great, and the kids enjoy it,” Friedgen said. “I told our players that, and we’re excited about going.” But they can leave their swim trunks at home. Staff writer Jeff Newman contributed to this report. email@example.com
Pitt coach calls victory best in program history PITT, from Page 10 the program since a 30-point loss to thenNo. 6 Duke on March 6, 2005, the year before the Terps’ national championship season, making it the worst loss any current Terp has experienced. While most of the Terps struggled throughout, committing 22 turnovers and allowing Pitt to shoot 58 percent from the floor in the second half, Frese was especially disappointed in senior leaders Coleman and Kristi Toliver. The two combined for eight turnovers and 20 points. After Frese had a discussion with Coleman during the under-12 minute media timeout, the forward did not re-enter the game. It was a major difference from the Terps’ 70-59 win Thursday night at No. 17 Purdue, when the two combined for 33 points in the second half. “As proud as I was of our seniors against Purdue, you know, we didn’t get it from Marissa and Kristi today,” Frese said. “We’ve got to be consistent in our approach every single day, whether it’s a practice or a game situation. And that’s the level of expectations as a leader. You’ve gotta want that and you’ve gotta be ready to bring that each and every day.” Coleman and Toliver were not made available for comment after the game. The Terps were trailing most of yesterday’s game despite holding Pitt guard Shavonte Zellous, who came into the contest averaging 20.7 points, to just six points on 3-11 shooting in the first half. Still, the Panthers used a 14-6 run over the final 5:23 of the half to build a 39-32 lead entering the locker room. The Terps turned the ball over four straight times at one stretch and looked sluggish and uninterested after their win at Purdue. “It probably made us overconfident in the sense of not understanding you have to come ready to work and compete for 40 minutes,” Frese said of the effect of the Purdue game. Instead of coming out with more intensity in the second, the Terps (7-2) continued to look lost on both the offensive and defensive ends. Zellous, who put up 30 points in last year’s Terp win in College Park, came alive. The Big East’s second leading scorer poured in seven points in the first five minutes of the second half. Guard Marah Strickland, who was the first Terp to defend Zellous before getting into foul trouble, did a decent job holding her down in the opening moments. But, just like the other parts of the Terps’ game yesterday, that defen-
Center Lynetta Kizer and the Terps struggled to get much of anything going against Pitt. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK
sive game plan fell apart. “Probably just a little bit of miscommunication,” Strickland said. “We lost a little bit of our intensity and our focus.” Trailing by 16 with 14:25 remaining, the Terps looked defeated. With just less than four minutes remaining, Pitt (6-1) held a commanding 27 point lead, Zellous had 18 out of her 20 second-half points and the crowd at the Petersen Events Center had already started an “overrated” chant. After the game, as the Panthers celebrated, Pitt coach Agnus Berenato took the microphone at half court, thanked the fans and called it the “biggest win in the history of our program.” Part of the reason for that declaration wasn’t just her team’s upset over a top-10 team, but also the fact that Pitt had just beat a team that won the national championship only three seasons ago. Coleman and Toliver were major factors in that triumph, and all of the Terps’ success since that point. But yesterday, like the bulk of their teammates, they were largely unproductive. “I have a short fuse for veterans, especially veterans that have been in our program for four years,” Frese said. “The game was over by halftime. We never seriously challenged for this game. When we put on the Maryland uniform, it’s supposed to mean something. And tonight, unfortunately, it didn’t.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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BCS NCAA Football Final Top 10
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1. Oklahoma 2. Florida 3. Texas 4. Alabama 5. USC
School 6. Utah 7. Texas Tech 8. Penn State 9. Boise State 10. Ohio State
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A BLUEJAY BLASTING
Midfielder Matt Kassel and his Terp teammates celebrate a trip to the College Cup, men’s soccer’s version of the Final Four, after defeating Creighton 1-0 on Saturday.
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Terps dominate Creighton to make first final four since 2005 clinched their first College Cup appearance since they won the national championship in 2005. Saturday’s match was sup- They will play No. 3-seed St. posed to be a competitive game John’s on Friday, with the other between two of the nation’s top semifinal being No. 1-seed Wake three teams fighting for a bid in Forest against No. 13-seed North Carolina. next weekend’s College “It feels great to be Cup in Frisco, Texas. back where we belong,” But the Terrapin coach Sasho Cirovski men’s soccer team’s 1-0 said. “I couldn’t be NCAA tournament SOCCER quarterfinal victory No. 7 Creighton. . . . . . 0 more proud of our team now. I’m against Creighton at No. 2 TERPS. . . . . . . . . . 1 right extremely happy for Ludwig Field was more of a severe mismatch than a them and proud of them. I back-and-forth affair between thought they put out a great championship performance.” two high-profile programs. After Creighton took the The No. 2-seed Terps (21-3-0) dominated the No. 7-seed Blue- game’s first two shots in the jays (16-2-2), who were ranked opening 10 minutes, the Terps No. 2 — one spot ahead of the completely controlled possesTerps — in the final NSCAA/Adi- sion and put more pressure on das poll. For the Terps, the win Bluejay goalkeeper Brian Holt BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer
Forward Casey Townsend and the Terp offense had numerous chances to score, but one goal proved enough Saturday. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
than the 1-0 score indicates. The Terps outshot Creighton 17-5 and earned a 15-1 advantage in corner kicks, the most shots and corner kicks the Bluejays allowed in a game this season. The lone goal came from defender Rodney Wallace, who headed in a Michael Marchiano free kick in the 24th minute for his third score of the season before sprinting toward the bench to celebrate with teammates. “We have been working on set pieces the whole year,” Wallace said. “Basically, that is one of our strengths right now. We have players who can serve the ball well and players who can finish. I just headed it into the net.”
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Terps throttle Colonials Hayes opens up the offense in win GREG
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in the corner, and the MEN’S junior BASKETBALL guard TERPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 coolly George Washington. . . . 53 connected on a wide-open 3-pointer followed by a performance of his signature shimmy. Nothing could go wrong for the Terrapin men’s
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Adrian Bowie was one of four Terps, along with Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne, to account for 67 of the team’s 76 points last night. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK
Milbourne, Hayes lead way in 23point rout in Washington against GW BY MARK SELIG Senior staff writer
WASHINGTON – With his team leading by 25 points in the second half against George Washington, guard Adrian Bowie scooted into the lane when a defender came from behind and popped his dribble loose. The potential turnover instead rolled directly to a wide open Greivis Vasquez
arly in the Terrapin men’s basketball team’s 76-53 win over George Washington in the BB&T Classic on Sunday night at the Verizon Center, Eric Hayes knocked down a 3pointer. Then, the next time down the floor, the junior guard knocked down another one. Then, the next time down the floor after that, he knocked down a third. The Terps had been bottled up in the first few minutes, as the Colonials tried to physically overpower the Terps by controlling the paint and the glass, and forcing the Terps to shoot over them. Hayes’ quick and easy oneman 9-0 run gave the Terps an instant nine-point lead, forced the Colonials to adjust —
Senior forward Marissa Coleman and the Terps were “outworked, outhustled and outcompeted” yesterday against Pitt, according to coach Brenda Frese, who placed blame on the team’s veterans. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK
Terps suffer worst loss since ’05 Coleman, Toliver struggle in ugly, surprising loss BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – One early second-half sequence perfectly demonstrated the ineffectiveness and frustration of the Terrapin women’s basketball team in their game yesterday at No. 24 Pittsburgh. Forward Marissa Coleman
missed an open three-pointer there were too many moments from the right corner with her like it for coach Brenda Frese team down eight points and to stand. “Pitt just outworked, 19:32 remaining. outhustled and outAfter center Lynetta competed us for 40 Kizer grabbed the minutes,” Frese said. offensive rebound, WOMEN’S “Everything they did she found a slashing BASKETBALL was right, and everyColeman for a No. 8 TERPS . . . . . . . . 57 thing we did was disjumper in the lane. Coleman’s shot No. 24 Pittsburgh. . . . 86 appointing because we didn’t compete. I’ll tell rattled in and out of you that’s gonna the hoop, and Pitt hurried down the floor for an change, and that’s gonna easy layup, pushing their lead change in a hurry.” The loss was the worst for to 10. In the No. 8 Terps’ 86-57 loss to the Panthers yesterday, Please See PITT, Page 9